United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Wool and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Sheep and wool are an importent key in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations.

United Nations SDGs

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.

They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

Click on the hotspots to the right to learn more how wool helps us reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Meat is a by-product of wool often grown on grasslands not usable for crops.

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Wool’s properties benefit our health in many ways. Examples include the improvement of sleep and indoor air quality. New studies also show that wool improves the skin of excema patients.

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Water is a valuable resource to wool growers around the world and therefore requires their good water stewardship on farm.

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Wool farming activity provides the means to people living in remote areas to earn a living and stay rooted within their communities. Sheep farming generates an income not only from wool but also from meat (diversifying risk).

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Wool is a very durable fibre which extends the use phase of a wool product. Wool garments need less water and lower temperatures during washing. At the end of a wool garment it can either be recycled or biodegraded.

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The wool industry invests heavily into Life Cycle Assessment research to better understand and reduce the carbon footprint of sheep farming and wool processing.

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Wool fully biodegrades in water and therefore does not contribute to microplastics pollution.

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Proper grazing management of sheep lead to improved biodiversity and reverting desertification.